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Bomun Bock-Chung Tiny Solar Tiny House

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Tiny Solar Tiny House

Our home should be a place that nurtures us. This tiny house is designed with the intention to do just that. !


- Maximize quality of life

- Minimize need for energy inputs

- Minimum need for heating

- Reduced cost to maintain

- Grow vegetables year round

- Leave site better than when it arrived

- Create free hot water

- Towable with mid-sized truck


Passive solar design for

- Faux rock wall made of styrofoam insulates underside

- Fold up deck for travel

Fold-out greenhouse

Creates a nice sheltered entry

- Year round growing area

- Indoor/outdoor space

- Passively heats house in winter


Moving Solar Tiny House


1. Greenhouse and deck fold in


2. Solar panels fold down


3. Faux rock/insulation slides up


4. Empty water tank for reduced weight


5. Leave a garden for the in it’s wake



Movie time

Projector screen drops down when in use

Bed time

The space converts into two beds

Hidden storage

Both benches have huge slide out drawers that are always accessible.


All beds are hidden which frees the whole space the space is usable

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Reply Knot-Kupid
6:11 PM on July 17, 2014 
Bomun says...
There are some hidden features for passive heating and energy efficiency which I didn't have time to show in depth.

See them and more on this design at:

Brilliant, the addition of the load diverter to your Trombe wall really makes $ense and recaptures those free resources. Utilizing water, if it can be recycled in an appropriate manner when you're ready to travel solves the problem of having to tote along something like phase change salts, etc. in your twin tanks. I've also always liked the concept of an attached biosphere expanded living space, although it works better in dyer, less heat intensive climes than my current abode, Florida, Lol. Keep up the great work, you've got a winner there, although I have less family to deal with and don't have many guest sleep-overs so both a trundle bed and master bed would be overkill for me. Personally, I would have used the upper space for a lounge area since you already have a kitchen counter that could also be built for expanded dining space. I'd keep the trundle for my already-made up bed. I rather hate making and remaking a bed, did that in various other situations and now feel a real aversion to this practice in my personal space. Guess, I'm just getting old and lazy ;)
Reply Bomun
5:06 AM on July 16, 2014 
There are some hidden features for passive heating and energy efficiency which I didn't have time to show in depth.

See them and more on this design at:
Reply Bomun
4:49 AM on July 16, 2014 
Just looked up Jantzen's Autonomous house. Very cool. Theres some great ideas in there. I agree about the aesthetics. If you're into living in a space bubble landing pod it's perfect.

Here's the article:
Reply Bomun
3:54 AM on July 16, 2014 
Thanks for your thoughtful commentary.

The projector/screen as a TV is probably overkill. The advantage is that it tucks away out of site. I wanted to get away from the TV as focal point. I think it promotes too much TV watching when the TV is the alter and focal point of the room.

For movies on the other hand the projector is amazing. I like the ability to have everyone over for a movie. It's literally like bringing the theatre to you. The whole setup fits in a backpack with laptop and all. Just needs a sheet or wall to project onto.

The flat screens are a good option too. They could be folded away if you wanted to design it that way.

Yeah, this design definitely has some earth ship influences. It just makes so much sense to have a built on greenhouse and live with your plants. Your food is close. It warms the house and the house warms it. AND it increases your living space. That would be enough reasons, but there are more. Like easily using grey water in the green house because of it's proximity.
Reply Knot-Kupid
3:32 PM on July 15, 2014 
This design sans wheels sort of reminds me of several friends and I created and built. Yes, those were th Pre-Earthship days and most of them included internally either aquaponics or just aquaculture units or sometimes only water filled heat sinks for quality of life considerations. Sort of brings back fond memories for me of my alternative lifestyle youth and how the Whole Earth Catalog seeded lots of dreams and actions ;) Brand, Kelly. Baldwin and Kahn, now that was a dynamic group of thinkers and doers. And now, here we are again, rethinking the possible with even more options, the more things change the more they stay the same, Lol.
A very clean and lean design, very much like my own personal vision but I need a bit more hanging wardrobe space as I'm no longer just a zori, shorts and Tee shirt kind of guy but I still sport a panama hat. :) So, you need a TV and a Projection screen for media, or is that a giant monitor on the wall for a high end gaming box. Lol. Isn't it a bit of overkill, I do quite well using just my large monitor and either the net or Roku when I don't want to visit the living room for the large screen Tv. When I downsize, I plan on spending a bit more for a "really" good led, lcd large monitor to dual use for quality channel Tv and computer applications. One screen to rule them all, or living big while living small, now that's my future. Its now really the quality of life vs the quantity of life question here. And I've already had more than my fair share, so its now "going back to my source, going back in memory," as the song goes. Looking forward here to see what more you do with your design. Good luck in all your future pursuits.
P.S. you might check out the way Jantzen handled his mini fireplace/stove in his early Autonomous House. Its not a rocket stove but close enough. Further, he had some good ideas on how to create a functional, living machine-house. In my mind, he was way ahead of his time in designing a mobile living unit, though his aesthetics were a bit too sterile and space age for me. I like a clean, very minimalist aesthetic but not the Tin Foil and Saran Wrap style palette for my personal home.


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